The Best Summer Getaways: Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Catch a greenback

May 14, 2012
Outside Magazine
Fly-fishing Rocky Mountain style

Fly-fishing Rocky Mountain style    Photo: Steve Glass/Aurora

What’s better than a summer weekend at an empty lake? A summer weekend at an empty lake chock-full of rare native trout. Experience one in Rocky Mountain National Park, about 80 miles northwest of Denver. There are plenty of easily accessed alpine lakes, like Lily and Fern. But we suggest a more remote option: Lawn Lake, a six-mile hike north from the Lawn Lake trailhead, where you can catch up to 30 trout in a day. (Leave the fillet knife at home—it’s catch and release.) The true reward is the setting: a deep basin flanked by 13,000-foot granite peaks. The park has four campgrounds; try Aspenglen (permits, $20 per night.)